Europe's largest 3D Printer builds two-storey buildings

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Europe's largest 3D Printer builds two-storey buildings

3D printing construction technology

Clothes, cars and even robots, which seem to have extremely complex technological processes, are becoming easier to make thanks to the advent of 3D printing. 3D printer, like an all-powerful creation machine, has crossed the gap between the virtual and the real, and is bringing about a revolution in product manufacturing. According to New Atlas, in just a few years, 3D printing construction technology has matured, from producing basic cottage houses to creating a low-cost housing community. Another interesting development in this area comes from Kamp C in Antwerp, Belgium, which recently used what it calls Europe's largest 3D printer to build a prototype of a two-storey 3D-printed house.

Size of building

The unnamed project measures about 90 square meters (about 970 square feet) and is the first 3D-printed two-story house we've seen, although we previously reported on an office building that also has two stories. It was built using a 10 x 10 m (32 x 32 ft) COBOD BOD2 printer. As with other 3D printing projects, the construction process involves extruding a special cement-like mixture from a nozzle and then building the basic structure in layers until it is complete. Then human workers come in and put the final decorations in place, such as the roof and Windows. "The material has three times the compressive strength of conventional quick-build bricks," explained Project manager Marijke Aerts. "In addition to the fiber in concrete, the use of wire mesh reinforcement is extremely limited. The templates are redundant due to the use of printing technology and an estimated 60 percent material, time and budget savings can be achieved.The interior dimensions of the prototype house are similar to those of a typical Belgian house, but it will not actually be inhabited as it was created for government-funded research purposes and to highlight the possibilities of 3D-printed buildings. It includes an entrance hall, two meeting rooms and a kitchen area. Kamp C also adds some additional sustainable and energy efficient features, such as floor heating, solar panels and heat pumps. A green roof is also planned in the future.

People in Antwerp who want to see the program in person can make an appointment during July and August through the Kamp C website (In Dutch)